Recently, I heard an African tribal teacher, who had her head wrapped, say “hats were never meant to just be pretty”. I thought about what she meant, quickly realizing that many kinds of head coverings can be found being worn throughout history and in a vast variety of cultures. I repeated her words over and over in my mind, awakening to the common thread amongst humanity throughout the ages. I thought of the Native American chiefs, religious figures, even the medieval warriors going off to battle.
Then I thought of myself now covering my head, typically with a white cotton turban, when I teach Kundalini Yoga. The feeling of energy containment elevates me to a bigger picture, like wearing the color white, reminding me of the grace and peace I desire to be part of, and to present myself to the world. Wearing the head covering centers me and brings a calmness to my being the minute I put it on, allowing me to better focus on the 6th chakra, the third eye chakra, helping me with my intuition. Turbans are actually thought to stabilize the cranial bones and the brain and help with the electromagnetic field.
When in Kundalini Yoga teacher’s training, I quietly began experimenting with a variety of head coverings and how they made me feel. Most of my life, it has seemed natural or necessary (as a nurse) to wear some kind of hat, cap or scarf. For me, honestly, it has been an easy adjustment.
Recently, I had the chance to experience Kundalini Yoga without my head covered while attending a Kundalini Yoga immersion in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our shuttle was several hours late arriving at the venue, class had already started, we stumbled in trying to eat dinner and participate in class. With no time for unpacking, I joined in the Kundalini Yoga class with no head covering and later was amazed to reflect on how different I felt during the class. I remembered feeling less prepared and open, as though my energy was flying all around the room, unable to remain centered. I was actually grateful for the chance to experience the difference, thus helping me to realize that, for me, the head covering is a vital part of my practice, my entire package.
Covering the Head with a Turban:
- Covering the head enables you to command the 6th chakra (ajna).
- Stabilizes the cerebral matter and the 26 parts of the brain which are interlocked with the neurological system and electromagnetic field.
- Creates a focus of the functional circuit of the hemispheres of the brain and tunes the neurological system.
- Turbans are useful for holding energy in and for creating a meditative focus at the 3rd eye.
- Turbans provide a nice cranial adjustment. The skull is made up of tiny bones that are constantly moving, even if only micrometers, and the degree to which they move impacts the levels of calmness and anxiety. It literally “keeps your head together”.
. . . . . by Yogi Bhajan